Clyde E. B. Bernhardt
Clyde Edric Barron Bernhardt (July 11, 1905 – May 20, 1986) was an American jazz trombonist.
Bernhardt was born in Gold Hill, North Carolina, and raised there and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He started playing trombone at age 17, and in the 1920s played with a variety of lesser-known ensembles, such as Bill Eady's Ellwood Syncopators, Tillie Vennie, Odie Cromwell's Wolverine Syncopators, Charlie Grear's Original Midnite Ramblers, the Richard Cheatham Orchestra, the Whitman Sisters, Honey Brown's Orchestra, Henry P. McClane's Society Orchestra and Ray Parker. He worked with King Oliver in 1931, and through the middle of the decade did stints with Alex Hill, The Alabamians, Billy Fowler, Ira Coffey's Walkathonians, and Vernon Andrade.
In 1937 he joined Edgar Hayes's orchestra, remaining there through 1942, then worked with Jay McShann, Cecil Scott, Luis Russell, Leonard Feather, Pete Johnson, Wynonie Harris, Claude Hopkins, and Paul and Dud Bascomb. He led his own ensemble, called the Blue Blazers, before returning to play with Russell from 1948-51. He recorded as a leader between 1946 and 1953, and on some of the recordings he sings under the pseudonym Ed Barron.
From 1952 to 1970 he played part-time with Joe Garland's Society Orchestra, also working outside of music during this time. Following this he led the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band between 1972 and 1979; his sidemen included Doc Cheatham, Charlie Holmes, Happy Caldwell, Tommy Benford, and Miss Rhapsody. Bernhardt's heath began to fail in 1979, and he gave up leadership of the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band but played in Barry Martyn's Legends of Jazz until his death in Newark, New Jersey in 1986.
Shortly before his death he published an autobiography co-written with Sheldon Harris entitled I Remember.
Birth and Death Data: Born July 11th, 1905, Died May 20th, 1986 (Newark)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1948
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||62217||10-in.||5/25/1937||Caravan||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62218||10-in.||5/25/1937||Edgar steps out||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62219||10-in.||5/25/1937||Laughing at life||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62220||10-in.||5/25/1937||Stomping at the Renny||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62450||10-in.||7/27/1937||Laughing at life||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62451||10-in.||7/27/1937||High, wide and handsome||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62452||10-in.||7/27/1937||Satan takes a holiday||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62675||10-in.||10/11/1937||Queen Isabella||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62676||10-in.||10/11/1937||Old King Cole||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62677||10-in.||10/11/1937||Shindig||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||62678||10-in.||10/11/1937||Let's love||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63157||10-in.||1/14/1938||Meet the band||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63158||10-in.||1/14/1938||Fugitive from a harem||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63159||10-in.||1/14/1938||Swingin' in the promised land||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63160||10-in.||1/14/1938||Barbary Coast blues||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63294||10-in.||2/17/1938||Help me||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63295||10-in.||2/17/1938||Without you||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63296||10-in.||2/17/1938||You're my first thought every morning||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63297||10-in.||2/17/1938||In the mood||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63298||10-in.||2/17/1938||Star dust||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||63299||10-in.||2/17/1938||Sophisticated swing||Edgar Hayes Orchestra||vocalist|
|Decca||74592||8/20/1948||Pretty Mama blues||Clyde E. B. Bernhardt||vocalist|
|Decca||74593||8/20/1948||My heart belongs to you||Clyde E. B. Bernhardt||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bernhardt, Clyde E. B.," accessed November 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104911.
Bernhardt, Clyde E. B.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104911.
"Bernhardt, Clyde E. B.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 November 2020.
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